Gun Control Legislation
Petition to Steven M. Glazer
DO Something About Gun Violence in Schools in the U.S
Since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012, there have been at least 239 school shootings throughout the U.S. Within that, 438 people were shot and 138 of those people were killed. These are innocent children and faculty that are being shot out of pure hatred. School is a place where our parents should feel safe to send us, where WE should feel safe to go. I am an 8th grade middle school student and I am sick of hearing in the news that there has been even one school shooting. We shouldn't have to sit back and watch this happen. Let's DO something to show that gun laws need to take effect NOW. The slaughter of innocent children should not and will not be tolerated. In 1996 a gunman opened fire in Australia killing 35 people and wounding 23 more. Australia then passed strict gun laws after this horrific shooting and there has't been a mass shooting since. I may not be able to help our country out of this horrific problem but as a whole, we can feel like we did something to help and show that we need to make a difference. If we can achieve enough signatures, we can pass this on to Steve Glazer, a member of our California State Senate and focus more attention on the problem of gun violence. Let's put in place some common sense bans and restrictions on who can buy guns, automatic weapons, high capacity magazines and armour piercing projectiles. We don't have to get rid of the second amendment or impact hunters, but we need to do SOMETHING.
Petition to Thomas Suozzi, Peter King, Dr. Michael Catapano, Dr. Patrick Harrigan, DuWayne Gregory, Carl Marcellino
Hills West Walks Out to Stop Gun Violence in Schools
We, the students of the Half Hollow Hills School District, stand hand in hand to be heard. Many times, our opinions fall on deaf ears, as we cannot yet vote. But we’ve had enough. On April 20th, we plan to create a voice for the victims of the Parkland school shooting, along with seven others in 2018 alone. We come together to fight for not only what we believe in, but for what is right — what should have been done years ago at the occurrence of other school massacres such as Sandy Hook and Columbine. We will walk out until the government makes gun laws stricter and until we feel safe in our schools. The youth of this generation refuse to stay complacent. Time and time again we have watched government officials elected to protect us, fail to legislate. The government has always taken action to help prevent problems, why not this time? The repetitive utterance of thoughts and prayers are not enough. Words are just words, until they are proceeded with action. And until the government stops being backed by the NRA’s funding, and for once thinks about its kids, we will not see progress. We need common sense gun control now. We will not accept domestic terror as our reality and therefore declare a protest necessary in relaying this message. Today, we protest the gun laws in America and how the lack of restriction has made many students feel incredibly unsafe attending school. America has 4.4 percent of the world’s population, but almost half of the civilian-owned guns around the world. This has led to mass murders such as the San Bernardino shooting and more recently, the shooting in Parkland, Florida. The consecutive nature of such monstrous acts has desensitized the impact of domestic terrorism, therefore devaluing our lives as American students. This is not about school security or mental health awareness, because that is not enough. This is about parents being afraid to send their kids to school. This is about countless other kids getting their hands on guns in the first place. This shouldn’t be a debatable issue — stop the selling of such weaponry. Stop the toxic gun culture in America, where such destructive weapons are culturally fetishized. Erect a system of anti-gun measures. It’s been proven that states with tighter gun control laws have fewer gun-related deaths. We are not against the Second Amendment nor do we yearn to take away all guns. We simply want to keep guns out of the hands of those who will use them for mass destruction. Gun control and common sense regulation is not an infringement of outdated Constitutional rights, but will undoubtedly save lives. We believe in change now! Here’s the plan: The students at Hills West are pledging to stage a walkout in the aftermath of the Parkland, Florida school shooting/terrorist attack in coordination with National School Walkout and students nationwide. On Friday, April 20th, from 10 am-10:17 am (4th period), we walk out of school, wear orange, and raise awareness in our community. Each minute is in remembrance of a child murdered in Florida. Groups should leave from the cafeteria and meet in the front of the school near the Hills West sign. Bring signs and slogans. Let no one stop you! We will have our voices be heard! #NATIONALSCHOOLWALKOUT Sources: twitter.com/schoolwalkoutUS vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/10/2/16399418/us-gun-violence-statistics-maps-charts
Petition to Newport news city council, McKinley L. Price
Petition Newport News to vote to become a 2A sanctuary
SB 16 IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL We need to have a vote in our city to become a 2nd Amendment Sanctuary and disregard this unconstitutional law should it be passed. StatusSpectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)Status: Introduced on November 18 2019 - 25% progressionAction: 2019-11-18 - Referred to Committee for Courts of JusticePending: Senate Courts of Justice CommitteeText: Latest bill text (Prefiled) [HTML] SummaryProhibiting sale, transport, etc., of assault firearms and certain firearm magazines; penalties. Expands the definition of "assault firearm" and prohibits any person from importing, selling, transferring, manufacturing, purchasing, possessing, or transporting an assault firearm. A violation is a Class 6 felony. The bill prohibits a dealer from selling, renting, trading, or transferring from his inventory an assault firearm to any person. The bill also prohibits a person from carrying a shotgun with a magazine that will hold more than seven rounds of the longest ammunition for which it is chambered in a public place; under existing law, this prohibition applies only in certain localities. The bill makes it a Class 1 misdemeanor to import, sell, barter, or transfer any firearm magazine designed to hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition. Bill Title: Assault firearms and certain firearm magazines; prohibiting sale, transport, etc., penalties. Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0) Status: (Introduced) 2019-11-18 - Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice [SB16 Detail] The bill in its entirety can be read and shared here. https://legiscan.com/VA/text/SB16/2020 TAKEN FROM THE BILL HERE IS THEIR DEFINITION OF “ASSAULT FIREARM” A. For the purposes of this section: "Assault firearm" means: 1. A semi-automatic center-fire rifle that expels single or multiple projectiles by action of an explosion of a combustible material with a fixed magazine capacity in excess of 10 rounds; 2. A semi-automatic center-fire rifle that expels single or multiple projectiles by action of an explosion of a combustible material that has the ability to accept a detachable magazine and has one of the following characteristics: (i) a folding or telescoping stock; (ii) a pistol grip that protrudes conspicuously beneath the action of the rifle; (iii) a thumbhole stock; (iv) a second handgrip or a protruding grip that can be held by the non-trigger hand; (v) a bayonet mount; (vi) a grenade launcher; (vii) a flare launcher; (viii) a silencer; (ix) a flash suppressor; (x) a muzzle brake; (xi) a muzzle compensator; (xii) a threaded barrel capable of accepting (a) a silencer, (b) a flash suppressor, (c) a muzzle brake, or (d) a muzzle compensator; or (xiii) any characteristic of like kind as enumerated in clauses (i) through (xii); 3. A semi-automatic center-fire pistol that expels single or multiple projectiles by action of an explosion of a combustible material with a fixed magazine capacity in excess of 10 rounds; 4. A semi-automatic center-fire pistol that expels single or multiple projectiles by action of an explosion of a combustible material that has the ability to accept a detachable magazine and has one of the following characteristics: (i) a folding or telescoping stock; (ii) a thumbhole stock; (iii) a second handgrip or a protruding grip that can be held by the non-trigger hand; (iv) the capacity to accept a magazine that attaches to the pistol outside of the pistol grip; (v) a shroud that is attached to, or partially or completely encircles, the barrel and that permits the shooter to hold the pistol with the non-trigger hand without being burned; (vi) a manufactured weight of 50 ounces or more when the pistol is unloaded; (vii) a threaded barrel capable of accepting (a) a silencer, (b) a flash suppressor, (c) a barrel extender, or (d) a forward handgrip; or (viii) any characteristic of like kind as enumerated in clauses (i) through (vii); 5. A shotgun with a revolving cylinder that expels single or multiple projectiles by action of an explosion of a combustible material; or 6. A semi-automatic shotgun that expels single or multiple projectiles by action of an explosion of a combustible material that has one of the following characteristics: (i) a folding or telescoping stock, (ii) a thumbhole stock, (iii) a pistol grip that protrudes conspicuously beneath the action of the shotgun, (iv) the ability to accept a detachable magazine, (v) a fixed magazine capacity in excess of seven rounds, or (vi) any characteristic of like kind as enumerated in clauses (i) through (v). "Assault firearm" includes any part or combination of parts designed or intended to convert, modify, or otherwise alter a firearm into an assault firearm, or any combination of parts that may be readily assembled into an assault firearm. "Assault firearm" does not include (i) a firearm that has been rendered permanently inoperable, (ii) an antique firearm as defined in §18.2-308.2:2, or (iii) a curio or relic as defined in § 18.2-308.2:2.
Petition to US Senate, US House of Representatives, Donald J. Trump
Education, Registration, Legislation of Guns and A Complete Ban on Assault Weapons
As of today, according to The Gun Violence Archive, there have been nearly 300 mass shootings in 2019. Women, men, children. On a beach, in a shopping center, in schools, in their homes, and on the highway. In many of them, an assault weapon was used. Instead of coming up with a comprehensive answer to the gun problem in our country, those in charge of our nation have turned a blind eye. But this has happened on repeat and we cannot continue this cycle anymore. We propose our United States government to address this issue by following the philosophy of education, registration, and legislation. Through education, current and potential gun owners will need to be educated on how to use a gun, gun safety, types of guns and their uses, and have to complete a certain amount of training hours before being given a license. That license would expire and need to be renewed. Registration would require an individual to register their name, address, amount of guns, type of guns, and serial numbers. This would allow for transparency in the case of a gun being stolen or used in a crime. Lastly, our US Government needs to submit legislation that requires the removal of assault weapons and creates a process for gun registration and licensing. Far too often, we are plagued with sending "thoughts and prayers" for mass shootings that occur within our country. We no longer should stand idle as guns are made paramount to the lives and safety of those who reside in our nation. We must take charge. We must make a change. Please sign to help take assault weapons off of our streets, completely ban them, and implement sensible gun laws.
Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Texas State House, Texas State Senate, Florida State Senate, Florida State House, Mitch McConnell, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense
Congress: Create Meaningful Gun Regulations!
I'm a student. I go to class everyday and worry about being shot up, because it's obvious that at some point in time, my school is going to be the one that's shot up. I go to places like the grocery store or a park or, now, thanks to the Odessa Highway Shooting, the middle of the street in my car and worry about being shot. I'm sick of worrying. I'm sure you are, too. And we've come up with a bunch of so-called solutions to these problems, from bullet-proof backpacks to the "safe corner" in schools to even the ludicrous idea that carrying a gun yourself will save you from being shot, (did the open carry rules in Texas help people in El Paso?) There are federal regulations being made about this, (again, but even those don't work, somehow.) Et cetera, et cetera. But there is one common flaw with all of these solutions: instead of being proactive solutions, these are all reactive solutions. These solutions only seek to ease the symptoms of being shot, instead of attacking the root cause of all this trouble: hate, America's Toxic Gun-carrying Culture, assault rifles, and even accessibility, which has been addressed but, somehow, hasn't done too much in the way of stopping shootings. None of these reactive solutions have done anything to stop shootings. All they've done is cemented the reality of being shot at some point in the near future into the heads of all Americans. These reactive, almost passive solutions have shown everyone that this fear of being shot and pity and "prayers" for those who do get shot is the new normal. This isn't normal, and we all know it. So why are we all sitting back? All US citizens have the right to petition the government, as said in the first amendment. Should we be content in letting people who haven't done anything to stop the shooting epidemic in the past dictate what change happens in the future? It's up to us to make Proactive Gun Control and Gun Reform happen. It's up to us to look at the data, look at the constitution, and look at the flaws in our society to come up with proactive solutions to this problem. Because otherwise, it won't.
Petition to Lindsey Graham
Block Confirmation of Canterbury to ATF for Opposing Universal Background Checks
One of the key missions of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is to protect communities from "the illegal use and trafficking of firearms." So it is totally unacceptable that Chuck Canterbury, President Trump's nominee to lead the ATF, opposes all new federal gun regulations, including background checks for all gun sales. Background checks have stopped more than 3.5 million sales to convicted felons, domestic abusers, fugitives and other dangerous people. Universal background checks are supported by more than 95% of Americans, including Republicans and gun owners. Please sign this petition demanding that Sen. Lindsey Graham, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, block Canterbury's confirmation as ATF Director. Testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Canterbury said that he does not "support any more restrictions than are currently in the law." In response to questioning by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Canterbury stated his opposition to expanding federal criminal background checks to all firearm sales and banning assault-style weapons. Clearly trying to dodge questions about his position on a whole range of federal gun regulations, Canterbury was accused by Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) of being "evasive." What's also clear is that the person who would be one of the most senior officials in the federal government responsible for ensuring that guns don't get into the wrong hands favors gun rights over public safety. In 2009, as president of the Fraternal Order of Police, Canterbury proclaimed, “I take a back seat to no one in my reverence for the Second Amendment." Gun violence in America is a public health crisis. Nearly 40,000 people were killed by guns in 2017. The ATF needs a director that believes in common-sense federal gun regulation. The agency has lost its way, with senior officials in the agency taking direction from the NRA, and routinely overturning the recommendations of field agents to revoke licenses of federal gun dealers who break the law. Sen. Graham has the power to stop the appointment of a nominee who even Sen. Kennedy, no friend of gun control, said was "not qualified" to run the ATF. Get Graham to use it.